Having recently moved to New England from Northeast Ohio I feel like I’m perpetually on vacation. There is so much to see and explore. Moving from one state to another is a big deal for anyone but moving to an area so rich in history is a bonus! I explored the downtown Boston area quite a bit last fall so I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds here and I hope to revisit all of them again soon!
First on the list is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This was a gem in the middle of the city to be sure. It is literally an inside out Venetian palazzo, when you look at it from the outside, the building is just that, a building of no consequence. But, when you walk inside, your breath is taken away! It is like you are literally standing in a Venetian palazzo with beautiful fountains, flowers and statues all around. And that is just the beginning, there are three more stories to the museum of room after room of an amazing collection of artwork and manuscripts. Isabella was an avid art collector as well as a collector of rare manuscripts which are on display in the museum. In the summer, the gardens outside are well thought out and blend well with the intent of the museum inside. Unfortunately, I was there after the growing season but I intend to go back to see the garden in bloom!
Next stop is the Public Garden and a visit to the Swan Boats. The boats, which began operation in 1877, glide around the pond operated by a person on the back who is actually pedaling the boat along! We were able to get up close and personal to the ducks and swans that live on the pond. It was definitely the highlight to one of my visits to Boston.
I saved my favorite for last, afternoon tea at the Boston Public Library! There is a cafe inside the library called The Courtyard Restaurant and you can reserve a table for afternoon tea. It was amazing! We had savory tea sandwiches, scones with preserves and cream, and delicious petit fours. The tea was brought out in an elegant teapot, one for each person with the requested tea choice. We had so much food we couldn’t finish it between the two of us. Very elegant and quaint, I would definitely recommend this on a trip to downtown Boston!
So much to do in Boston, this just scratches the surfaces. But would make for a wonderful afternoon!